Hundreds of students attended Coventry and Warwickshire’s largest careers fair which coincided with National Apprenticeship Week.
Students from years 10-13 attended the event which was organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) in conjunction with the CWLEP Growth Hub and The Careers & Enterprise Company at Stoneleigh Park.
Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School and Learning College and Whitley Academy in Coventry, the Queen Elizabeth Academy in Atherstone and Kingsbury School in Tamworth were among those who attended the CWLEP’s fourth careers fair.
Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Jaguar Land Rover, McDonald’s, High Speed 2, the Warwickshire College Group, Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce Training, CU Coventry, Coventry University, Stratford-upon-Avon College and North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College were among over 40 local and national employers, training providers and colleges who discussed training courses, apprenticeships and job opportunities.
Jaicee Corbett, aged 16, from Whitley Academy said: “I am interested in engineering and events like this are a good idea because it has given me the chance to find out the grades I need and the apprenticeship opportunities available.”
Dave Lennox, Enterprise Co-ordinator at the CWLEP Growth Hub, said the fourth careers fair had once again attracted students from throughout Coventry and Warwickshire.
“It is very important for students to gain as much information as possible about their future options whether that it is further education, training or an apprenticeship,” he said.
“We had the whole spectrum covered thanks to the exhibitors who voluntarily gave their time to come along to talk to young people and give them as much information as possible to be able to assess their options.
“There are great opportunities available for young people in Coventry and Warwickshire whatever their chosen path after post-16 education and the number of students who came along underlined the value of holding the event.”
Angela Tellyn, Regional Lead West Midlands at The Careers & Enterprise Company, said: “The Careers Event is an ideal way to connect with young people in Coventry and Warwickshire and for them to be inspired by the range of options and opportunities available.
“The fact it was held during National Apprenticeship Week was timely since this annual campaign encourages young people to choose apprenticeships as the first steps in their career in a wide variety of sectors.
“There were some great ambassadors among the exhibitors who were advocates for the career paths and job opportunities available to young people and it was great to hear the hall buzzing with so much conversation about the future options available.”
Caption: Dave Lennox (CWLEP Growth Hub), front, left, with Angela Tellyn (The Careers & Enterprise Company), front, right, with exhibitors at the CWLEP Careers Fair